#Social Media Day 2018

Hello Lovelies:

Today is National Social Media Day. Ironically, I haven’t posted a whole lot today. After months of back to back events, I’m kinda tired.

I did more old school promo and artwork than social media. I started the day with four hours of research at the insanely gorgeous Central Library:

After a brief lunch break, I dropped off some amazing artwork that a generous couple bought at Stray Rescue’s annual art benefit, Urban Wanderers. I headed to a couple of craft stores for supplies for an onslaught of art creation. I wrapped up the day out with a trip to a lovely waffle and ice cream shop, Boardwalk Waffles and Ice Cream, to scope out the space where I’ll hang art for Let Them Eat Art! in a few weeks.

It wasn’t until I got home that I checked social media to see what everyone else was doing. And before I stayed on too long, I shut off my phone, and watched a nice romantic movie instead, “Miss Austin Regrets”.

I’ve been on this kick for a while. In the last couple weeks, I’ve been watching movies with the “good feels” bent, like “Somewhere in Time” (more on that in another blog). Maybe all the sniping all social media has put me in a funk?

Ah social media, the double edged sword. The place where you can share everything, wonder if anyone cares/don’t cares, share your work or event because posting is free, but not posting can cost you your sanity as you are now completely addicted to a world that doesn’t exist.

Like most people, I definitely have the love/hate relationship going with social media. On the pro side, I’ve connected with old friends and family, I can advertise my work, all my artwork and writing, for FREE. And I can see who’s liked/shared those posts. Gone are the days from sending off a portfolio or slides to a gallery. Gone are the days of hoping someone, anyone please, will publish your photos, your novel.

But then again, the cons. Haters, trolls, hackers, and bullies. The long winded political rants. Rudeness, lack of any sort of decorum. Pop up ads. Apps that run your battery down to almost nothing. And now that your work is out there? People are stealing it, making money off of it. How do you prosecute someone on the other side of the planet? And the modern day version of the chain letter, those “share this and be lucky”. Yep, lucky enough to spread some well planted virus or worm onto all of your friends list. Oh and finally, social media platforms finally confessed to selling your private info. I’m hardly shocked.

But despite all this, I’ll use it. I’ve just backed off a bit this year. I still need to promote, but time to create art is taking the forefront right now.

And when pieces are done, I’ll be happy to share them with you. But I’d love for you to come out and see some of it in person.

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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Events:

More Information:

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BOOKS:

Vampires!!

-A vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Will returns soon, again sorry for delays, but I’m making a few tweaks and edits.

Steampunk!!!

THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.

Dogs!

-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!

Social and Media Links!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
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-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
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-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

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Happy International Womens Day

Hello Lovelies:

To celebrate International Women’s Day, I’m sharing a vlog and quotes from my strong female characters today.

Lavinia Davis from “A Long Reign”-

“I’ve already died before. Twice actually. So let’s play nice then.”

Anna, vampire and assassin from “Everyone Looks Better Undead” a short from “The First Ten Bites” with William-

Will-“You are delightful. And naughty.” Anna looked at me. We shared a long tender kiss and then I set her down. “No panties?” I laughed.

Anna-“Commando for a commando mission.” She giggled.

Kate Church from “Revenge and Machinery”-

“So I am a lady?” A grim smile covered Kate’s face. “Would you like a hand then?” She barely extended her fingers in jest.

But before Drasco could answer, Kate with a mighty heel, stomped on his fingers.

Watch my vlog and readings here:

My other latest blogs and vlogs here:

My first Steampunk:

http://www.steampunkcavaliers.com/uncategorized/my-first-steampunk-experience-by-victoria-l-szulc/

Eads Bridge for Steampunk Hands Around the World:

Follow all the Steampunk Hands Around the World Adventures during the month of February here on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/361976560880906??ti=ia

And again, Will the Vampire is returning very very soon.

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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EVENTS

-Feb/March Art Show at Soulard Art Market, Steampunk III-https://www.facebook.com/events/117030105776686??ti=ia

-Spring-AKC Museum of the Dog group show

-March-Will the Vampire returns

-June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

-Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

LINKS:

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box.
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

BOOKS:

-A vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

Closing Shows and More…

Dear Readers: 

Thank you to all who stopped by the Amazing Spirit Art Reception last week. Here’s a quick look with my artist friends Genevieve Esson and Arleana Holtzman. 








The show closes this Sunday, July 30th.

Basic info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/129634574296351/?ti=icl

Stray Rescue’s Urban Wanderers ended on 7/23. I didn’t get to de who adopted my piece “These Are For You”, but I hope they are enjoying it!

So now, the crazy prep for Big River escalates. More details coming soon.

As always, thank you for reading,
Victoria

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Upcoming events:

*12th Annual Amazing Spirit Art Exhibit and Opening at the CWE Schlafly Branch of the City Library, continues through July 30th.

*Big River Steampunk Festival, Hannibal, MO, Labor Day Weekend. Event link is here:

http://bigriversteampunkfestival.com/phone/index.html

TBA with more details:

*9/15, Rock, Shop and Glow Festival, 5-8pm

*9/23, Strange Folk Festival

*11/11, Live Draw at the AKC Museum of the Dog

*12/2017 Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box. 

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! 

-And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both. 

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-the Haute Hen.

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

Opening and a Few Things

Dear Readers: 
A few things of note:

I can’t believe I’ve been able to keep this blog up and I appreciate you being here. I just hit 200 posts and 7 years! Where does the time go?


It’s been quite the July. I don’t think I’ve even posted pics from the 4th of July parade at Webster Groves. Enjoy:


Please feel free to stop by the Amazing Spirit Art Reception today. The Facebook invite is here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/129634574296351/?ti=icl
As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria
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*12th Annual Amazing Spirit Art Exhibit and Opening at the CWE Schlafly Branch of the City Library. Opening Wednesday July 19th, 6p-8p
*Big River Steampunk Festival, Hannibal, MO, Labor Day Weekend. Event link is here:
http://bigriversteampunkfestival.com/phone/index.html
TBA with more details:
*11/11, Live Draw at the AKC Museum of the Dog
*12/2017 Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour
-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box. 
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! 
-And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:
amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc
Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both. 
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-the Haute Hen.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

Author Shout Out Book Signing This Weekend!

Dear Readers:

Due to my sister’s passing, I had to delay the release of my vamp series compilation. But that will come later this summer! 

In the meantime, the Author Shout Out is this weekend! Details are here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1497427766943880/?ti=icl


I also have two photo shoots this week, so new pics are coming. 

As always, thank you for reading,
Victoria

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News and events:

*Author Shout Out! Meet me and book signing at Schlafly Branch in the Central West End, April 22, 2-5pm

*Heavy Anchor Craft/Art Fair:


*Lafayette House Tour/1900 Park, Steampunk and Art Trunk Show, June 3-4, 10am-5pm

*Big River Steampunk Festival, Hannibal, MO, Labor Day Weekend, many more details to follow!!

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box. 

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! 

-And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-the Haute Hen.

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Videos! 

As I am still, yes still catching up on various projects, I just wanted to share a pleasant reminder, that yes, I have a YouTube channel. 

Please take a gander. The link for my interview for my first Steampunk novel “Strax and the Widow” is here. I made all the accessories I’m wearing, enjoy! 

There are MORE upcoming shows and events (a few listed below), and live reads on Facebook, Periscope, and Instagram to be announced soon!

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria
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News and events:
*Author Shout Out! Meet me and book signing at Schlafly Branch in the Central West End, April 22, 2-5pm
*Lafayette House Tour/1900 Park, Steampunk and Art Trunk Show, June 3-4, 10am-5pm
*Big River Steampunk Festival, Hannibal, MO, Labor Day Weekend, many more details to follow!!
-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box. 
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! 
-And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:
amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc
Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-the Haute Hen.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Inspiration for a Broken Heart

I sometimes find inspiration in unexpected places or one project will inspire another. I did a quick set of shots after a long day at the Dungeon. I dressed up that day as a punkish homage to Marie Antoinette. I’d tried a cheap blue hair powder that worked incredibly well, giving my hair shades of deep blue to faded green. Most of these were just test shots, but with some low lighting, I achieved a tousled gothic look I really liked:

But this last one, wow, I liked it so much that it is going to be used for poster/promotional art for a Steampunk Broken Hearts Ball coming up February:


I just liked the overall look of he shot and how it corresponded to the theme of the show. More details to follow!

A pleasant reminder:

The last day for 50% off!!! (Any item over $21.) The first part of the sale will run through December 26th. After that, all holiday items will be marked down until January 2nd, before leaving the store. So you can stock up on last minute gifts and decor for next year. PLEASE NOTE: I can not guarantee shipping or delivery by Christmas or New Years. Use coupon code for the 50% off: 50LAST2016

Also Etsy has a special promotion for qualifying purchases! Spend $50 in one store by 12/27, get $10 toward a future purchase through Jan. 31st, 2017.

Store link:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
Thank you for supporting small and local. As always, thank you for reading, peace to you and yours this holiday season!
Victoria
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News and events:
-No events in Jan, but big events coming in Feb, including the Broken Hearts Ball mentioned above, Feb. 11th, 6p-10p at 1900 Park Creative Space. There will be a fashion show, escape entertainment and art in conjunction with a steampunk art exhibit that will run through the month of February. The Facebook invite link is here and will be updated on a regular basis: 
-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box. 

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:
amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc
Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-the Haute Hen.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon